Distinguished Pipa master Zhang Hong-Yan together with over 30 top-level musicians from the Plucked-String Orchestra of Central Conservatory of Music will make their Australian debut in Tales of the Silk Road: Pipa (Chinese Lute) and Percussion Concert. Experience the majesty at Sydney Opera House on Sunday 6 May and Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday 8 May 2018.
Combining folk music and contemporary dance, the concert brings together the Pipa, Chinese traditional percussions and exquisite stage decoration, giving audiences a multi-dimensional artistic experience. The concert explores Chinese masterpieces with strong ethnic features including Spring of Tian Mountain, Cockfight and Tales of the Silk Road.
During a Uygur tour in 2002, Zhang discovered that both the Pipa and Chinese traditional percussion originated from the Western Region (Uygur regions and part of central Asia), and was inspired to bring the instruments back together in concert.
Pipa, also known as the Chinese lute, is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, and considered the king of plucked instruments. With a pear-shaped wooden body, Pipa has a number of frets ranging from 12 to 26, and dates back to the Han dynasty (around 2nd century AD). With a 2000-year history, Pipa is one of the most popular Chinese instruments, shaping ancient Chinese singing and dancing and a symbol of Chinese traditional culture.
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